Below we have answered some of the most common questions we are asked. If you can’t find an answer to your question below, please feel free to pop us an email.
What should I wear to class?
Think of clothing you would wear to the gym and you can’t go wrong, however a few suggestions as a guide:
- It’s best to wear a t-shirt or vest top with leggings / fitness trousers for our Aerial Arts classes such as Hoop / Silks etc, but this is also possible for your first few pole sessions – it isn’t too much of a risk so they will be fine.
- As you progress through the pole syllabus you will be required to wear shorts, this is because you need skin to grip onto the pole.
- For Bungee Fitness / Dance – Working in harness is great fun but can be a little tough on your skin. We recommend wearing several layers around your hips & waist for maximum comfort.
- Either way our classes are fitness based and you should be comfortable and able to move without restriction, and be covered appropriately for your own decency.
I’ve seen the recent press or been told pole dancing and aerial classes are dangerous, what is the risk involved?
Whilst we appreciate injury can occur when partaking in any sport, safety is of upmost importance to us, and we will never push you into doing something you are not comfortable with or is beyond your capabilities. When commencing a new move we always make sure you have people “spotting” you at all times, in addition to your instructor being present. We also go above the industry standard by using thick protection matts with all of our classes. You will be shown the correct way to exit a move and how to position yourself just in case.
What should I not to do before class?
- For our Pole classes please do not moisturise before class, we recommend you leave 12 hours between moisturising and a pole dancing class as you will leave residue on the poles and not only will your ability be impaired, but so will the ability of the other students on your pole. This is dangerous and against our Terms & Conditions.
- Please do not wear any bracelets or watches as they hinder your grip on the pole or aerial apparatus, can hurt your wrists and damage the equipment too. If you cannot remove jewellery in particular rings you may not be permitted into the session for the health and safety of you and also other class members.
- Any person that attends who is under the influence of drink and/or drugs will be asked to leave immediately for safety reasons.
What should I expect to learn?
- As a Beginner, after an initial introductory chat with one of our instructors, (Where they will need to know of any injuries or illnesses, your ability, concerns and expectations), you will be put on a pole / hoop or silk with either 1 or 2 other ladies of similar ability. You will then be shown some basic moves and linking sequences which you will practice with your new buddies.
- If you are more advanced and have experience previously, please let us know when you book in and we can ensure that you are put on the chosen apparatus with students around the same level.
- Each 1 hour class starts with a warm up, then learning set moves throughout the class and ending with related exercises to aid with your pole or aerial progression followed by cool down stretches.
- Classes are suited to the complete Beginner (Foundation) through to Advanced, all taught at your own pace.
I want to attend a session but feel too nervous to come alone
This is not a problem; a lot of our students attend on their own. There is no uneasy atmosphere at Pole Perfect Fitness just fun and friendly students who are very encouraging of each other. We will always pair you with someone else who is new or who hasn’t been attending long. If you are at a more advanced level but never attended Pole Perfect Fitness before we will pair you with someone of similar ability.
What kind of people attend?
Our classes are for anyone who wants to get fit and have fun. We have students who vary in age, size and ability.
I’m worried I won’t be able to do anything
This is completely normal to feel this way as everyone has different capabilities. We will work at your level and whilst you will be able to do some of the moves straight away, most will come in time. The first session is always the hardest one but once you build your strength you will surprise yourself with what you can achieve. Each week you will recap moves taught to build up your ability and your confidence of moves and the apparatus.
Pregnant and Pole Fitness
Firstly two things you need to consider as you read this information. One, I am not a doctor and two, no two pregnancies are the same! However I am a certified Pre and Post Natal Fitness Certified instructor and I hope to inform you of the facts. Although new peeps are advised not to start any new exercise let alone Pole or Aerial Fitness etc, if you attend regular sessions and have done for some time you are fine to continue with modifications and be strictly monitored, the following link may be of particular interest to you – Pregnancy and Pole Fitness.
I’ve done Pole or Aerial before but I am new to Pole Perfect Fitness, do I have to go to a Beginners class?
Not necessarily! If you are new to Pole Perfect Fitness but have experience of Pole or Aerial elsewhere, you may be asked to attend 1-2-1 session first for an assessment on your ability level. This is to ensure you are matched safely and effectively to your appropriate level where possible. We will also look at social profiles and your prior knowledge to aid us in safely matching your ability to our schedule.
Is there anything I should or should not do prior to class?
- Allow any food in your stomach to fully digest prior to attending class. We suggest eating something 60 to 90 minutes prior to class. However make sure you are not overly hungry when attending class, so that you do not get “light-headed” when upside-down.
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after class. Bring a water bottle.
- Remove all jewellery to avoid hurting yourself or damaging the equipment.
- Arrive early so you can find the studio, allow for parking, and be settled to start your class. If you are late you may not be permitted to participate in the session, for your safety it is vital you do the full warm up.
What else can Pole Perfect Fitness offer?
- 1-2-1 personalised lesson. 1 hour tuition for those who are a little nervous about starting or would like a little extra practice. For a 1-2-1 with the Owner Jane please book via here. We can also offer small group training such as 2-2-1 or 3-2-1 sessions, please get in touch for specific booking details.
- Workshops. These are designed to improve existing skills in a safe and encouraging atmosphere hosted by a variety of fitness professionals including experienced pole instructors, personal trainers, gymnastic coaches and more. Click here to see our up and coming events.
- Parties. Want something totally different and fun for your works Christmas do, Leaving Party, Hen or Birthdays? Then we can offer PARTY PACKAGES!!! We can tailor the party to be fitness specific, routines or more.
- Mobile phones are not to be used during class unless permitted by the Instructor, usually for snaps at the end of class.
- You are required to take part in the warm up & cool down to ensure your safety. If you are late you may not be permitted to participate in the class.
- Do not wear moisturisers/skin oils to class this is again for your safety.
- Rings, necklaces, bracelets, watches & other exposed jewellery must be removed before class.
- Do not attempt ANYTHING your qualified & insured instructor has not taught you.
- Including what other students are doing or something you have seen before.
- If you want to learn something in particular ASK your instructor, if they think its of an appropriate level they will teach you or give you the basics to begin working towards it.